I finally took the plunge and started a Yoga class today. It is the same lovely teacher Anita that I had a few years ago and she now does a class in my own village – so within walking distance if I choose to walk. I went in the car today as it was quite drizzly and I don’t have anything large enough to carry my Yoga mat in to keep it dry (well that is my excuse).
Spending time to listen to and notice how my body feels and moves felt rather strange at first – it takes practice to be still and calm and breathe. It all went quite well but there is a limit to the amount of arm lifting I can do on my left side – which is partly the reason I am going to try to retain flexibility. Doing Yoga certainly highlights any problem areas – I never knew that anyone could bend and twist that far!!! I came away a little more creaky but things had loosened up here and there and I felt all the better for it and I must make an effort to practice at home between sessions.
Yesterday was spent dodging around the house doing a bit of this and that interspersed with phone calls – why does everyone call on a Monday?…I shouldn’t complain, and I am not really, it is always lovely to hear from people. Both my daughters can chat away easily for a couple of hours – even when I am about to see them in person and I would never cut them short unless I had some good reason like an appointment to attend – after all what are mums for but to hear the ups and downs of their lives and either rejoice or commiserate with them and offer advice if it is wanted, though I am pleased to say they are both very good problem solvers which makes me quite redundant.
I was a bit frustrated yesterday that I could only put the washing out on the line for brief periods between the almost constant drizzle – didn’t the weather man know it was Monday either and I needed to get my washing dry! The reason for the rush is we are heading up to the cottage in a day or two for a few days and I realised that when we came back from Scotland a couple of weeks ago I never quite finished washing all our gardening clothes – they get so grubby I always pre-soak them in a bucket but I had mum visiting at the time so pushed the washing basket in the ‘soon to be Pantry’, old cloakroom out-of-the-way and then promptly forgot about them.
I managed to fit in some baking too – an apple cake to take to Scotland made with the last 2 eggs and the leftover portion of cooked apple we took from the freezer to accompany our Nut loaf on Sunday so by the time we went shopping yesterday afternoon the cupboard really was bare as we had worked our way through the very last of the food. I spent £58 on groceries for this week taking advantage of the offer on Oatabix and Lurpak butter. We will be making some meals to take with us to Scotland – Tomato soup and Shepherd’s pie. I also bought some Higgedy Cheese and Onion rolls for the journey – unfortunately they were not on offer but still cheaper than buying food on or off the motorway. We will get a free drink at Booths cafe if we take our own cups. I do take a bit of food up with us as it is almost impossible to buy Cheshire or Wensleydale cheese up there and I like a crumbly cheese. I do like to buy from the local shops in Stranraer to support them where I can.
Whilst we were out shopping yesterday afternoon we had other bits and pieces to attend to……the bits being an urgent need to look for decent loppers for the garden yet again. We need extra strong Anvil loppers, preferably geared and preferably telescopic and definitely light to handle. We had recently bought what we thought were the perfect pair made by Spear and Jackson but when we used them in the cottage garden on our last visit, although they cut through old branches brilliantly, by the 2nd day we noticed the handle on one side had bent inwards preventing the telescopic handle from working. So back to Argos they went for a full refund but we are now on the search for some that cut just as well but won’t bend out of shape.
I made a quick visit to The Range to check out those ready printed messages for some cards I made (this will be another post). I was not impressed by the price but reluctantly bought a couple of sheets and a packet of assorted messages as I intend to do more of these basic cards using up my stock of decorated papers – cost £3. The silver and gold typeface and borders on these pre-printed labels does make a difference and I cannot print these metallic colours on my printer or I would have made my own. A silvery grey is the best I can do.
I also returned my four pillows to Sainsbury’s for the full refund – so I am now on the hunt to replace these. Whilst in Sainsbury’s I decided to buy two more long-sleeved T-shirts, they had a black one and a white one – so now I have four all together with the previous two grey ones I have. I am thinking that might be my total spend on clothes for the year this year and then I remembered I would need a ‘posher’ outfit for the Christening(s). I noticed in passing that Roman have some nice inexpensive spring dresses in at the moment. The drawback with this shop is you cannot return for a refund – they only give a gift card so you are then committed to buying something from them. Trying on in the changing room is not the same as doing it at home with all the right accessories to hand.
Well I have chattered on enough it is time to do some more packing. Hopefully we will have internet connection at the cottage so there will be no long intermission here.
A day of sorting out contortions – me after the Yoga class and the loppers.
……Oh and before I go welcome to my new followers – enjoy the journey – not sure where we might end up! For those who have their own blogs I will be over to your place for a read soon.